11 ELLE Beauty-Director Approved Holiday Gifts

Nov 08 2018 by
Categories : Makeup & nails

A list of editor-approved skincare, makeup, health and wellness gifts for everyone on your holiday list—from Gen-Z sisters to always-unimpressed aunts—as vetted by our beauty director. 

  • 1/11

    Glam Makeup

    © Charlotte Tilbury

    What: Charlotte Tilbury Stars in Your Eyes palette ($95), Mini Hollywood Lips Set ($26), Luxury Palettes of Pops ($66) in Starlight & Supersonic Girl, Charlotte’s Beauty Universe ($250.00), Bar Of Gold Trio ($75)

    For whom: Any item purchased from celebrity makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury, Most Glamorous Woman On Earth, is a winning choice. May we suggest, however, her limited-edition eyeshadow palette for your most YouTube obsessed friends and her Bigger, Brighter Eyes eyeshadows for the decidedly-not-interested-in-YouTube set. If you manage to score her advent calendar, you will be in the recipient's Good Book for the foreseeable future—like at least until March. 

  • 2/11

    Horoscope-Obsessed Skincare

    © Fresh

    What: Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Advanced Therapy Zodiac Collection ($32 each)

    For whom: Anyone you know that follows one or more astrology meme accounts on Instagram. 

  • 3/11

    Cool-Girl Makeup

    © NARS

    What: NARS Hot Tryst Cheek Palette ($74); NARS Spiked Audacious Lipstick ($41) in Siouxsie; Manic Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set ($62)

    For whom: Anyone who appreciates high-performance makeup and doesn't judge a product based on their Internet buzz.  

  • 4/11

    Elevated Makeup

    © Chantecaille

    What: Chantecaille Moonlit Perle Glow Powder ($168); Chantecaille Les Perles Metallic Eye Liner in Argent ($56); Chantecaille Brilliant Gloss in Blithe ($48)

    For whom: The pearl-covered highlighter is perfect for your fanciest friends and family members. Also good to know: many of Chantecaille's products are vegan. 

  • 5/11

    Delightfully-Flippant Body Products

    © Tom Ford

    What: Tom Ford F*cking Fabulous Body Spray ($102)

    For whom: The life of the party. 

  • 6/11

    Beautifully Packaged Skincare

    © Omorovicza

    What: Omorovicza Queen Of Hungary Limited Editions ($160)

    For whom: Everyone! Face mists are the most universal of skincare products, and this limited-edition packaging is beyond beautiful. 

  • 7/11

    Trendy Makeup

    © Fenty Beauty
    What: Fenty Beauty Killawatt Foil Freestyle Highlighter Palette ($67); Snow Daze Frosted Metal Lipstick 3-PC Set ($46); Frost Bunny Metallic Eye + Lip Crayon 3-PC Set ($48); Two Lil Mattemoiselles Plush Matte Lipstick Duo:  Chill Owt Edition ($24)

    For whom: Rihanna stans and people who aren't afraid to play with makeup. 
  • 8/11

    Buzzy Skincare

    What: Drunk Elephant Inspector Drunk Night Kit ($120)

    For whom: Skincare obsessives. Drunk Elephant was super buzzy this year and this holiday gift set has sample sizes of all the star products. 

  • 9/11

    Practical Luxury

    What: Kiehl's x Mackage Travel Pouch ($85), available in-store only. 

    For whom: Travel fiends. This super elevated pouch is the perfect size to hold all your Kiehl's skincare without monopolizing space in your suitcase.


  • 10/11

    Candles For All

    © ELLE Canada
    What: Nest 10th Anniversary Grapefruit Candle ($90) at sephora.ca;  Lohn Candles in Oro & Feu ($45 each) at shoplohn.com; Boy Smells in Cinderose ($48) at boysmells.com

    Who: Boy Smells candles are a guaranteed win with any woman under the age of 35. Nest candles are thoughtfully designed, often with the help of master noses, and are perfect for people who throw dinner parties. Lohn is a Toronto-based paraben, petroleum, phthalate and lead-free candle brand owned and operated by two female chemical engineers with experience in perfumery and cosmetic development. A great option for those who prefer elevated scents that are never overpowering. 
  • 11/11

    Aspirational Technology

    © ELLE Canada
    What: Dyson Airwrap ($600), Supersonic™ Hair Dryer in 23.75K Gold ($600) and Cyclone V10. 

    For whom: Listen, these admittedly aren't gifts everyone can give. But if you have the means, these three products are game-changers. Read why we love the Supersonic here, and the Airwrap here. Is it weird to give a vacuum as a holiday gift? In theory, maybe. But once you have this one in your possession, you'll never look back. 
Categories: Makeup & nails